Nostalgia for a quid: Brtis can keep red phone booths...for a small fee


BT Group had grand plans to get rid of the iconic British red phone box, but for some reason it never banked on the Brits' sense of nostalgia. The company wanted to get rid of about4,500 of its remaining 12,000 red phone booths, saying that the boxes weren't profitable anymore in this age of ubiquitous cell-phone use.

But after the uproar the announcement caused, the company grudgingly agreed to let villages and townships keep their beloved red boxes by "adopting" them for about £1 (about $1.80). Of course, that was for the box. Not a working phone inside.

A working phone costs extra -- an annual fee of £500 (about $900).